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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 11:49:35 +0200

TEL: 00 27 783955221
No: 206 Christ church roads,
E-MAIL:( )



I am Mrs. Deborah Mpoyo, first wife of Engineer Solomon Mpoyo, of Bulawayo-Zimbabwe. This is my 28 years of marriage with Mr. Solomon he died few months ago and me and my only son Joseph MPOYO are now resident in South Africa as Asylum seeker (REFUGEE). I got your contact through South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With your contact profile, I hope that you can take care of the amount involved. I have some huge amount of money, which I inherited from my dead husband a few months ago. My husband’s tragedy occurred when the Zimbabwean government took our farm from us. My husband was murdered in Zimbabwean and I am the only left two wives, so I am willing to leave South Africa for any place abroad.

My fund is presently deposited with a Security Company without
Disclosing the contents of the box to the Security Firm, and I would like you to help me transfer this money overseas pending investment. The amount deposited is (Twenty Million United States Dollars) US$20.

In consideration of your assistance, I will offer you, upon acceptance
To this proposal 30% of the total sum and 5% has mapped out to cover all sundry expenses both parties might incur, locally or internationally, during the course of this transaction. and the remaining 65% will be for me and my only son for our life investment in your country.

I will relate to you my financial advisor particulars upon receipt of
Your approval for more information and fell free to ask questions you
consider relevant.
The confidentiality of this proposal will be highly appreciated. Thank
as we await your urgent response.

Best Regards,


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